In this several-part series entitled Cheapskate Santa, FatHeadDog will share her favorite money-saving and money-earning techniques for the holiday season.
Earn FREE Amazon Gift Cards on Swagbucks
Until now, FatHeadDog has been on the fence about search and win sites. Then once I researched the best practices for winning, I’ve now got the hang of it and winning. Here’s how:
Swagbucks:You earn “Swagbucks” for searches performed on their site (as opposed to searching on Google). Points range from 7 to 50 “bucks” earned. You can redeem these bucks for thousands of prizes, but the best value, by far, is the $5 Amazon.com gift card for 450 bucks.
Perform your searches approximately three to four times a day, several hours apart. I search first thing in the morning, after lunch, late afternoon and in the evening, earning about 7 to 10 bucks each.
Once you win bucks from a search, its fairly unlikely you’ll hit it again in a consecutive search, so you can save your next search for a few hours later.
When searching, try related terms to the original you searched, and click through all the pages of results. Also, you can try searching photos or videos for the same term. To me at least, it seems searching “deep” wins better results than searching “shallow” with dozens of unrelated terms (which, by the way, can penalize you if Swagbucks thinks you’re not performing “natural searches”).
Share the site with others who might like it, too and you’ll receive matching points for what they earn. That can make earning those Amazon gift cards easier and faster than ever.
Click here to sign up for Swagbucks.com.On the left-side column, click on NOSO and keep clicking Skip or Next Offer on each offer until you reach the last page and receive 1 free Swagbuck.
Then, click on TRUSTED SURVEYS and you’ll receive another free Swagbuck.
Finally, click on DAILY POLL and vote to receive 1 free Swagbuck. Do this daily for 3 automatic bucks, in addition to your search wins.
The great thing about Fridays are Mega Swag Bucks, which offer larger denomination wins on Fridays only.
I know mentioning the holidays before Halloween is a faux “paw” but really, its never too early to get started on your Christmas shopping and savings. In this new series I’m calling Cheapskate Santa, I’ll share ways I’ve discovered and researched to earn extra money for the holidays, as well as a way to stretch your holiday dollars.
Earn Amazon Gift Cards with iRazoo
iRazoo is what Mashable calls a human-powered search engine that rewards users with prizes, such as $5 Amazon.com gift cards. If you already use Swagbucks, a site I’ve mentioned before, you’re familiar with the concept. Here are easy ways to earn points with iRazoo.
Win points by searching as you would on Google, but a unique thing about iRazoo is that you’ve also got a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card instantly with searches. I’ll tell you that their search results are not the best, because of the numerous sponsored results, so I’d recommend searching something broad, like frugal shopping, money-saving tips, etc. Search several times a day, spread several hours apart for your best results.
Earn points with Treasure Codes–worth 10 to 50 points and valid for certain times only. You can spot these codes on their iRazoo Facebook page. To redeem these, click on My Account and then Add Treasure Code.
Vote and comment on iRazoo search results. As a registered member, you can perform a search and recommend (yes or no) a site that you’ve viewed–you earn 25 points for voting yes or no. Within an iRazoo iFrame, you can leave a comment as well for additional 25 points. (I know seeing the user comments is annoying as hell… iRazoo if you’re listening! I just fight through it for the 100 free points.)
You can vote and comment on two sites daily to earn 100 points a day. Redeem 3000 points for $5 Amazon.com gift card. In three days, I’ve earn 300 points so it’d take about two weeks to earn a gift card. Worth it when you add iRazoo to other sites that I’ll recommend in this series to earn cash, gift cards and prizes. Every little bit counts!
How to Get 150 Points Right Now:
Use this link to sign up for iRazoo and you’ll receive 50 free points as bonus. Perform your first search and scroll down to the People Recommended Sites. Click on two sites you’re interested in, leave a comment and vote yes or no for recommendation. You’ll get your next 100 points that way.
Amazon’s going for the purse strings–quite literally–and inviting select members to join the new Amazon Mom program (You thought I was talking about tall, sexy Amazonian mommas.. you cheeky monkey…) Today they unveiled a new free membership that gives Amazon Mom members:
15% off all Amazon Prime eligible items (which I think is just about all Amazon shipped products)
15% Subscribe & Save discount for select diapers and wipes (which is still stackable with other coupon codes)
free two-day shipping for three months or more
discounted one-day shipping for $3.99
exclusive email discounts and coupons
Here’s what the email from Amazon says specifically:
Join Amazon Mom for FREE and get FREE Prime Shipping for 3 months!! (For parents and caregivers) We hope you have been enjoying the limited-time 30% discount on diapers and wipes with Subscribe & Save! Continue reading This New Amazon Mom Is Sexy→
Amazon has extended the 30% off diapers deal so you have another change to score Cheap Ass Diapers (herein referred to as CAD).All varieties of both Pampers Baby Dry Diapersand Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers are 15% off plus an additional 15% off for subscribing to Subscribe & Save. For more savings, you can stack this with the 20% off diapers coupon from Amazon (its an orange pull-out card found in the August and Sept issues of Parents and Parentingthe Early Years magazines).
A sampling of the discount:
For a huge box of Pampers size 4, 176-count $39.49 (a box of CAD which is bigger than my two-year-old kid…)
(Cheap Ass Diapers) Item(s) Subtotal:
Shipping & Handling:
(20% magazine coupon) Promotion Applied:
(15% Subscribe & Save) Promotion Applied:
(Amazon coupon book) Your Coupon Savings:
Total Before Tax:
FHD tips for CAD:
1. You can stack up to three magazine 20% off codes in one order for really really CAD.
2. Amazon offers diaper coupons, which can be used with this deal. They’re found in your Coupon Book on amazon.com. If you don’t see one, try refreshing.
3. Canceling your subscription to Subscribe & Save can be done online in one easy step. Go to My Account and look for Managing my Subscribe & Save subscriptions.
4. Also refer to Amazon diaper deals as Cheap Ass Diaper deals.
Anyone else spotted more Amazon 20% coupons in magazines? Leave a comment on FatHeadDog!
If that gift card to Frederick’s of Hollywood just isn’t your speed, try selling it for cash or Amazon.com credit. You can buy, sell and trade gift cards at PlasticJungle.com. I’ve been following Plastic Jungle for a while and intrigued, but just haven’t pulled the trigger. A nerd for research, here’s what I’ve found:
Sell gift cards for up to 85% of the cash value.
Example: Sell a Home Depot $50 gift card for $42 cash or $44.10 Amazon.com gift card
Buy gift cards for up to 25% off the face value.
Example: Purchase a Frederick’s of Hollywood $50 gift card for $39
It’s a great idea when you get stuck with a retail gift card that you know you’ll never use. The site offers a guarantee for both gift card buyers and sellers in the event the gift card is invalid or the balance is less than what was advertised.
I’m gonna give it a shot with a Jiffy Lube gift card I have (yeah, Jiffy Lube) and trade for an Amazon.com gift card, so I’ll report the results. Any one else have experience with Plastic Jungle or similar sites? Leave a comment here on FatHeadDog.